Down the Home Stretch!
Welcome to the Crosby Scholars Junior Program. Preparing for college heats up! Because of your involvement in Crosby Scholars, we believe that you expect to go to college and we want to help you get there.
Students who were involved in Crosby Scholars in their 10th grade year and met all requirements are automatically enrolled in the 11th grade program. Students must be enrolled in the program by the beginning of sophomore year in HS.
As a Junior in Crosby Scholars, you will participate in Junior Crosby Academy, as well as community service and have the opportunity to attend Grade Advisor meetings. In the spring semester, each Junior must also attend a Mandatory Rising Senior Meeting.
Here are some tips from Petersons.com to continue your high school career and keep you on the right track for college.
10 Tips to stay on track for college
- Meet with your guidance counselor to see what you still need to take to graduate on time and be college ready. Check your class rank and GPA. If you are excelling in your current courses, consider taking a most rigorous course load, including AP courses or dual enrollment through Career and College Promise. Struggling to make the grade? It's never too late to improve. Colleges like to see an upward trend. For tutoring help, check out Khan Academy.
- Take the PSAT in October (and the SAT later in the year). Taking the PSAT during the Junior year qualifies you for the National Merit Scholarship program, which means you could earn money for college. Taking the PSAT also provides access to My College Quickstart - free personalized feedback, practice, and college planning. And, it's great practice for the SAT! And don't forget about the ACT, coming up in March for all Juniors. (Click here to compare your SAT & ACT scores.)
- Develop a more specific post-secondary education path. Check out BigFuture.org for help. Decide whether to pursue 2-year, 4-year, advanced degrees or vocational training, technical certificate, or military career. (If you're interested in attending military academy, talk to your guidance counselor about starting the application process now.)
- Find a college that fits you: start by making a college list of your most important college criteria (ie. size, location, cost, academic majors, special programs, etc.). Weigh each of the factors according to their importance to you and develop a preliminary ranking. To help compare schools and find your best college fit, use College Greenlight.
- Continue gathering college information, go to college fairs and presentations, speak with college representatives who visit your area. You may be able to narrow your choices or add schools to your list.
- If you want to play Division I or II sports in college, start the certification process and check with your counselor to make sure you're taking a core curriculum that meets the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements. Click here if you are a Student Athlete
- Stay involved with extracurricular activities. Colleges look for consistency and depth in the non-academic activities you pursue. Taking on leadership roles and making a commitment to the same groups are more important than trying out tons of new activities each year.
- Talk to your family about the colleges you're interested in and what you want to pursue. Have discussions about their suggestions or concerns.
- Learn more about financial aid. Check out CFNC.org to help plan, apply, & pay for college. Examine your family's financial resources and gather information from the schools you are most interested in. Attend financial aid nights and talk to counselors. Start a scholarship search.
- Set up appointments to visit your top 5 college choices, if possible. Call the admissions office to set up a tour or a personal meeting with current students, staff, faculty, or coaches. Ask to visit a classroom setting, a dorm room, and even the cafeteria.